An Arizona nursing home resident who has been in a vegetative state for fourteen years since she experienced a near-drowning event, and who has been a resident of the Arizona nursing home for at least ten years, unexpectedly gave birth at the nursing home on December 29, 2018.
A source reportedly stated, “None of the staff were aware that she was pregnant until she was pretty much giving birth. From what I’ve been told she was moaning. And they didn’t know what was wrong with her.”
The Arizona nursing home where the healthy baby boy was delivered by a nurse was rated one-star on Medicare.gov in October and November 2018 (Medicare.gov rates skilled nursing facilities (nursing homes) throughout the United States on a basis of a five-star quality system, with five stars being the highest rating and one star the lowest rating). Many considered it a miracle that the baby was born without complications to a woman who did not receive any prenatal care and was unable to assist in delivery by pushing. It is not known how long the woman was in active labor.
The Arizona nursing home reportedly has instituted a new policy since the birth, requiring that a female employee of the nursing home accompany any male employee who enters a female resident’s room.
The Arizona nursing home issued the following statement:
“Hacienda HealthCare has been in business in Arizona for more than 50 years. In that time, we have reliably and safely served thousands of residents and their families. We are proud of our record and our position as an industry leader in caring for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
“With that said, we have recently become aware of a deeply disturbing incident involving the health and safety of a Hacienda resident. While federal and state privacy laws prohibit us from publicly discussing a patient’s health or case, Hacienda has and will continue to cooperate fully with law enforcement and all the relevant regulatory agencies regarding this matter.
“As an organization, Hacienda HealthCare stands fully committed to getting to the truth of what, for us, represents an unprecedented matter. We are already conducting a comprehensive internal review of our processes, protocols, and people to ensure that every single Hacienda resident is as safe and well cared for as possible. Anything less than that is unacceptable to our team, our company’s leaders and the communities we serve.”
The Arizona Department of Health Services released the following statement:
“We are aware of this situation and are actively working with local law enforcement in their criminal investigation. Upon learning of the allegation, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) immediately initiated an onsite complaint investigation to ensure the health and safety of the patients and ensure the facility is in compliance with all state laws and regulations. During this time, the agency has required heightened safety measures be implemented at the facility including increased staff presence during patient interactions, increased monitoring of the patient care areas, and increased security measures with respect to visitors at the facility.”
Hacienda HealthCare states on its website that its mission “is to provide every person we are given the opportunity to serve, exceptional and compassionate care 24/7 in order to maximize their potential while continuing to address unmet health care needs throughout Arizona.” The website further states “Hacienda HealthCare is Arizona’s leading provider of specialized health care services for medically fragile and chronically ill infants, children, teens, and young adults as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
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